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MUSCAT: Oman’s Sultan Haitham will be succeeded by his eldest son Dhi Yazan, according to a new basic law published on Tuesday that creates a new position of crown prince and establishes succession from ruler to the eldest son.

Oxford-educated Sayyid was born in 1990 and will likely be a popular choice with Oman’s young population.

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Sayyid Dhi Yazan currently holds the post of minister of culture, sports and youth. Before his appointment he had served in the British Embassy from 2018, a continuation of a foreign ministry role he began in 2013.

Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said had announced plans for the constitutional change on Monday, a year after the death of his predecessor, Sultan Qaboos. The new basic law was published on Tuesday in the official gazette.

Sultan Qaboos fathered no children and designated no successor publicly during his 49-year reign.

Preferred successor

Qaboos, who took power by overthrowing his father, named his cousin Haitham as his preferred successor in a sealed envelope to be opened after his death should the royal family disagree on the succession line. The family went with his choice.

The new law also retains an elected advisory Shura Council, the lower house of parliament.